Vestibular S. Observatory

- Robertina Šebjanič & Arnout Meijer

In this site-specific audiovisual observatory, the sound and light of the Vlieland island and the Wadden Sea are aligned. Underwater and above surface, audible and inaudible, day and night. The inverted dome positioned in the old inland dune is the sun(d)ideal of the Vestibular S. Observatory. It corresponds with the path of the sun, which is followed by the subaquatic sounds Into the Great Wide Open. Robertina Šebjanič (1975) based in Ljubljana (SI), is an internationally exhibited and awarded artist. Her work is for several years focused on cultural, (bio)political and biological realities of aquatic environments, which serves as a starting point to investigate and tackle the philosophical questions on the intersection of art, technology, and science. Arnout Meijer’s commissioned and self-initiated projects range from public sculpture, architectural interventions, and interiors to video and product design. His work is characterized by ongoing explorations of perception and light. As the designer tells us, “The way we perceive the world around us defines the reality we live in. Undeniably our most dominant perceptive sense is our vision, which depends entirely on the presence of light.”